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A Narrator's Secret Confession


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 18, 2011

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young-woman-praying-bw.jpgIn the midst of telling other peoples' stories, narrators can lose themselves both in the script and in knowing who they are apart from the stories they tell.

Can you relate?

Guest blogger and audiobook narrator Tim Lundeen explores this topic through his secret confession in today's VOX Daily.

A Preface to my Confession:

There's a powerful element of relating to people and making lifelong friends - it is the element of being Interesting. And not so much a generalist, or one who seems interested in and knowledgeable about many things. Rather, a person who in and of themselves is Interesting. Of course, that would be best discerned and expressed through communication (how humans relate to other humans).

One good sign of an interesting individual is that he or she tends to have an interesting perspective or insight, interesting things to say, interesting stories to tell from their own life. One who isn't constantly trying to live vicariously through the stories of others, but is able to dream their own dreams and build their own legacy...

So here's my secret Confession:

Working in the realm of narration, with words and manuscripts and ideas and imagination, all developed and compiled by 'other' people, other interesting people ... I frequently wonder to myself, "do I have anything worth saying? can I really and truly tell a story of my own that is interesting?" (without reading it from a script)

It's a sobering thought (at least to me). It goes hand in hand with the feeling I get whenever someone says, Oh you do voice over! or, Oh you're a narrator! How "interesting" ! And I wonder. Sure the work is interesting, but am I? And I confess that is something I fear, a doubt I feel often.

As a narrator, I strive to understand Storytelling; from its impact on day-to-day living, to its invincibility across the epic of history. Yet, its not just about vivacious vocabulary or linguistic legerdemain. I believe each person's life is an important story. I pray mine is always a story worth living; an "interesting" story, and that I'm capable of sharing it.

Be interesting, a story worth telling.

Tim Lundeen

About Tim Lundeen

Tim Lundeen, narratorTim Lundeen's career in audiobooks has encompassed most every aspect of the business. He has narrated both fiction and non-fiction across multiple genres; and his ongoing experience in the recording studio as producer, director, engineer and editor has equipped him with the expertise needed in grasping the nuances of great story-telling. Both national and international publishers have found his low key narration style captivating to their listeners. Tim and his family live in a suburb of Chicago, IL.


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Best wishes,


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Related Topics: audiobooks, Chicago, confession, interesting, narrator, reading, Tim Lundeen, voiceover


    I found your blog very interesting Tim. So that must mean you have an interesting perspective, right? Thank you for sharing with all of us- a glimpse into your world. At the end of the day, or on days where we are not sure if we are making the right choices-all talent and I mean all of us-have moments where we wonder..am I enough?
    As artists we sometimes feel conflicted by our ability to be strong confident storytellers contrasted by the fact that we are sensitive creatures who can be insecure questioning our abilities.
    It's a thin line and we all tend to waver back and forth across that line. Just remember that we are voice over warriors and we are truly blessed to be able to do what we love..So every day we face the mic putting our deepest fears at bay. The reward is in the job, knowing that someone believes that we are the best choice for their project. That knowledge alone should not only sustain us but elevate us so we can take charge, and persevere. "Live your dream-Use your voice!

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      I agree with Randy. The insecurities we feel are part of the blessing of sensitivity needed to succeed in our profession. People find the work "interesting" because they don't meet many people who do it. Public speaking is the number one fear. The ability to put yourself in the shoes of a character and express it the way the writer intended is talent. Many people do not like the sound of their own voice. We take it for granted that we can perform these tasks well. Listen to the voices of the people who hire you. That's a clue as to why they need someone to speak their words. How interesting that you can express what they meant!

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        Fascinating thoughts, Tim and Randy. Becoming immersed as a narrator in someone else's dreams goes beyond the connection we all enjoy in simply reading a good book. To get the nuance right, page by page, word by word, calls upon every resource we can find to understand the characters and the author, and to try and be true to the original, neither getting in the way nor being completely neutral.
        Yes, what a challenge to our self confidence - as sensitive souls! Isn't it fair to say this is a job that identifies an Interesting Person!

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          I love to bring a story to life...to find the "soul" (or souls) in the book. Reading has always been an adventure for me. When I finish narrating a passage or a chapter, I often find that I feel more alive and exhilarated than normal. Does this mean that my "real" life is less interesting? No...it is just different.

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            You're too young to have such serious thoughts! The truth is that you have nothing interesting to say unless you believe you have something interesting to say. If you believe that too fervently, you're probably a nut case.

            You're a good looking young man with an easy narrative style. Live life and you'll become interesting, but be prepared for people to roll their eyes and doubt you. :)

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            • steve hammill
            • August 20, 2011 1:36 PM

              I really love Randy's comments.

              Let me add this: as creative people, we voice-over artists commonly struggle with insecurity. I find that it's "in the struggle" that magic often happens! I experienced this recently while narrating a film about C.S. Lewis. It turned out to be some of my best work.

              You Tim, have words worth hearing -- read on, my friend!

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                Who is Stephanie? Why is Tim worried about his identity? Is a cog in a machine worried about it's identity? No. Simply because we all know if that cog doesn't work, neither does the machine.

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